"I Was Attracted to Him Because of His Money': Changing Forms of Polygyny in Contemporary Papua New Guinea

Mek, Agnes K., Kelly-Hanku, Angela, Bell, Stephen, Wilson, Lee and Vallely, Andrew J. (2018) "I Was Attracted to Him Because of His Money': Changing Forms of Polygyny in Contemporary Papua New Guinea. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 19 2: 120-137. doi:10.1080/14442213.2018.1440626


Author Mek, Agnes K.
Kelly-Hanku, Angela
Bell, Stephen
Wilson, Lee
Vallely, Andrew J.
Title "I Was Attracted to Him Because of His Money': Changing Forms of Polygyny in Contemporary Papua New Guinea
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-2213
1740-9314
Publication date 2018-01-01
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14442213.2018.1440626
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 120
End page 137
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Substantial economic transition in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is giving rise to increased wealth, rapid social change and changing cultural practices. Polygyny practices in PNG have come under increasing domestic attention in recent years, especially as pertains to reinforcing patriarchy and exacerbating gender inequality. Based on qualitative research with women, we identify a new emerging polygyny' that is located in women's and girls' choices, decisions, experiences and actions, and which contrasts with other research documenting polygyny from men's perspectives. Narratives from female participants described young women and girls who actively seek polygynous relationships with men who have disposable income and other assets, with the aim of gaining access to economic wealth as co-wives. In the context of public and legal debate about the status of polygyny in PNG, these findings illustrate the need for a more balanced discussion about polygynous relationships, located within an understanding of women's lived experiences.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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